The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Average Human

[The photogenetically average woman]

The woman you see above is the computed average face of all the women on the Face Research Make an Average page. I also did the average of all the men on that page as well:

[The photogenetically average man]

And because I couldn't resist—all the people on that page:

[The photogenetically average person]

I'm now curious about how long it will take Hollywood to abuse this technology when “casting” future films. “Hey! I need a quintiscential white guy, a mystical black man and Bruce Lee for my next film. Could you guys photoshop up some for me? That would be swell. Thanks.”

“Do you want Bruce Lee Bruce Lee? Him, we can do, but it'll cost you—rights from his estate, you know. Or maybe Bruce Li? I hear his image is cheaper.”

“How about an average composite of Bruce Lee, Bruce Li, Jackie Chan and Jet Li? I hear there're some new algorithms to average human movement now, and I doubt anyone will ever notice our ‘borrowing’ from these guys.”

“Sounds great! Do it!”

Update on Friday, August 12th, 2011

My prediction just got closer to reality.

Obligatory Picture

[It's the most wonderful time of the year!]

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Obligatory Miscellaneous

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